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Five Great American Novels That Need to Become Horror Movies

In a world of prequels, sequels and remakes, the fact remains that there are thousands of original horror novels as yet untouched by Hollywood hands. Since the powers that be seem to neglect reading books, leaving the public to moan about inept remakes, I thought it might be handy if I were to point out […]

From Page to Screen: Author Peter Straub Talks GHOST STORY

Two years before I moved from Michigan to California, I sat on the front porch of a house I shared with my two roommates, Hal Christiansen and Rich DeManincor (a.k.a. “Hal Delrich” of original EVIL DEAD fame), and read what would become my favorite horror novel of all time: Peter Straub’s genre landmark, Ghost Story. It was […]

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From Page to Screen: Bram Stoker’s DRACULA — Five Key Differences

On May 26, 1897 Irish theatrical business manager Abraham “Bram” Stoker gave the world its most eternal literary character: Count Dracula. Since the time of its publication, the book, much like the Bible (which, coincidentally, also features the story of an eternal character), has never been out of print. Although not a bestseller upon release, […]

There’s a Place for Horror Authors… and it’s Not Hell

“I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there.” — Shirley Jackson Horror is the “cutter” genre of fiction and film. I’m not talking about slashers; I’m talking about the act of […]

From Page to Screen: F. Paul Wilson’s THE KEEP

In 1981, F. Paul Wilson released the first of his six-novel “Adversary Cycle,” entitled The Keep. It was an instant classic of horror fiction, playing on the theme of evil vs. evil by pitting Nazi soldiers against an even greater menace. In doing so, he successfully updated H.P. Lovecraft’s ancient gods into a World War II setting. The […]

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So… Where are the Women of Literary Horror?

How long has it been since you’ve seen a new horror novel on the shelves of your local bookstore by a female author? What has happened to the best-selling female writers of dark fiction books from 20, 10 or even 5 years ago? Why aren’t there new hardback Anne Rice, Heather Graham Pozzessere or Laurell […]

Testing the Boundaries of Tastelessness: Readers’ POV on Extreme Horror Fiction

Horror, by its own definition, is a field of extremes. As grotesque and repulsive as some films may be, and any of us can think of several titles on short notice that we believe scrape the outer edge of tastelessness, the written word can beat film, hands down, for extremism. This is partially because there […]